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Will of Jonah Jones
In the name of God Amen I Jonah Jones of Pease Cove Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind memory and understanding but well advanced in years do make this my last will and testament in form and manner following that is to say First I give and bequeath to my son Robert Jones that part of my plantation called Baylys ground together with a pathway from the same six feet wide to the waterside and also at the water side room for a fishing stage and flake and after his death to his son Jonah and his heirs- I give and bequeath to my son Jonah Jones that part of my plantation which I have already allotted to him and is now in his possession I give and bequeath to my son John all the lower part of the meadow from the path. And the fishing room I give and bequeath to my daughter Amelia all the upper part of the meadow as far as Robert Lawlor’s cabbage garden. I also bequeath to my daughter Amelia that part of my property called Ryans ground and also all the household furniture of every description. And after her death to be left to my son Jonah Jones wife Mary Jones all the household furniture of every description and after her death or ceasing to occupy the same to go to my daughter Amelia I give and bequeath to my daughter Amelia my cabbage garden below the house and the spot near the cow house usually occupied by me to grow potatoes and also the beach in front of the medow if she has any use for it
I give and bequeath to my grandson Jonah Jones son of my son Jonah that part of my plantation called Ryans ground and the building used as a cooperage to be occupied jointly by my son John and my grandson Jonah aforesaid It is my wish and will that my daughter Amelia should live in my dwelling house as long as she lives. Finally I do nominate and appoint Martin Peckham of Pease Cove to be sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills made by me or pretended to have been made by me It is hereby understood that no part of these bequests to my sons or grandsons are to be executed unless they assist and provide for me as long as live and bury me when I die In witness whereof I the said Jonah Jones have hereunto put my signature to these presents this 18th day of February A.D. 1871.
Jonah Jones. Published and declared by the above named Jonah Jones as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Elizabeth Hiscock, B. Sweetland, Arthur Walter Martin Peckham.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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